If you do not have the qualifications, study skills or English language ability you need to take the degree of your choice, you can apply for one of our foundation programmes.
We offer two types of foundation programme: an honours degree with a foundation year and the International Foundation Programme (IFP).
International Foundation Programmes
The IFP is for international students whose school-leaving qualifications are insufficient for direct entry and/or whose English language standard is below the necessary level. It gives you a year's preparation in the subject, study skills and english language, and facilitates degree-level entry into almost all of our undergraduate programmes.
If your first language is not English, you need to demonstrate an English language standard of 5.0 IELTS (with a minimum of 5.0 in each component). For students requiring a Student visa, we can only accept an IELTS Academic qualification in support of your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application.
For more information, including tuition fees, scholarships and progression requirements, see the International Programmes website.
Our students' stories
"As IFP students we were provided with so much support and a number of events were held for us which allowed us to meet new people."
"I would definitely recommend IFP to other students as it creates a pathway that will help them to get ahead and stay on track when they move on to the first year of their undergraduate degree."
"I just wasn’t prepared to start a degree but the foundation year filled the gap for me."
"The Foundation Programming and Mathematics modules taught me everything I needed to know for the first few weeks of my first year, as they covered similar ground."
"The IFP gives you more time to adapt and introduces you to everything you need, and to people who understand what you are going through."
"I would recommend the IFP, it gives you so much, not just academically but also socially; I really felt I was part of something when I was studying on the IFP."
Degrees with a foundation year
A degree with a foundation year is a subject-specific programme for students with acceptable English language ability but school-leaving qualifications below the level required. It offers one year of full-time study prior to a particular undergraduate degree.
You can apply for one of these programmes if you have a minimum of two passes at A level, or another recognised post-GCSE qualification, but not in the subject areas needed for your chosen degree. You can also apply if you did not obtain high enough grades or you don’t have the necessary standard of English.